My name is Kristi Sullivan and I have been helping people achieve financial security since 1996. I am a fee-only financial planner and public speaker. I do no investment or insurance sales for commissions. My clients pay me for guidance through their financial questions. I also work with employers to educate their employees about personal finance. I have been helping people make financial decisions for 18 years. I have worked in employee benefits and with individual clients/families. I hold the Certified Financial Planner designation. Sullivan Financial Planning, LLC is a Registered Investment Advisory firm with the State of Colorado. Areas of expertise include prioritizing savings goals, investment allocation, and wealth manager searches.

Kristi Sullivan quoted in phased retirement article on nytimes.com

I’m hitting the big time now! My dad and I were quoted in this article in the New York Times about phased retirement! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/your-money/facing-retirement-but-easing-your-way-out-the-door.html?smid=tw-share Contact me at 303-324-0014 or kristi@sullivanfinancialplanning.com to talk about how can help you rebalance your investments. Stay Informed and Educated — Subscribe to the SFP Blog! Use the quick and easy form…

Investment Advice Fees are Tax Deductible

This article reminded me of another reason it’s better to pay for financial advice separately from high cost investments.  Front-end loads, 12b-1 fees, and annual expense ratios are not tax deductible.  Financial advice such as tax-preparation fees, investment advisory annual fees, and the cost of creating a financial plan are tax-deductible. Client Education More Important…

Retirement Income Strategy – What’s the Best Order to Withdraw Assets? Method #3

This last method of spending down different accounts is probably the most popular.  Method #3 I’ll call the Pro-Rata System.  Simply put, you take a proportionate percentage out of each type of account every year. For example, say you have 50% of assets in tax-deferred accounts, 25% in taxable accounts, and 25% in Roth accounts,…

Should you pay off a mortgage early? Kristi Sullivan weighs in on cnbc.com

Kristi Sullivan is quoted in this article about whether or not to pay off a mortgage early. http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/13/should-you-pay-off-your-mortgage-early-maybe-not.html   Contact me at 303-324-0014 or kristi@sullivanfinancialplanning.com to talk about how can help you determine is you should pay off your mortgage early. Stay Informed and Educated — Subscribe to the SFP Blog! Use the quick and easy form…

Retirement Income Strategy – What’s the Best Order to Withdraw Assets? Method #2

Last week, we talked about spending down retirement money starting with already-taxed assets, then tax-deferred accounts, and ending with Roth IRAs. This week, we look at spend down Method #2:  Tax-deferred (Traditional IRAs, 401(k)s)  first, taxable (non-retirement) accounts second, Roth IRAs last. Pros: Spreads the taxes owed on tax-deferred accounts out over a longer period…

Retirement Income Strategy – What’s the Best Order to Withdraw Assets? Method #1

A question that I am asked to address in many financial plans for pre-retirees is, “in what order should I take out my assets?”  In other words, does it make sense to tap tax-deferred plans first or last?  When should I start taking Roth money out?  How about my taxable (non-retirement account) investments? First, the…